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How New Jersey College Admissions Processes Have Changed in Light of COVID -19

How are New Jersey colleges navigating the uncertain waters of college admissions/campus tours/open houses during this time of stay-at-home orders and suggested travel restrictions? This NJ Spotlight piece sheds some light on what measures colleges are employing.

Many usefully relevant resources can be found at the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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Tips for Online Teaching

The American Historical Association has published articles that introduce the world of online teaching, offering practical guidance as well as  pertinent examples of what can be accomplished in the virtual environment. Links abound leading you to additional resources.

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Think Tank Reports on COVID-19

Since this crisis is worldwide, it is a good idea to see what mostly non-U.S. think tanks are writing about COVID-19. The ever-reliable European Parliament Research Service has compiled such a list.

Another great place to drop in on is the UK Parliament Library Research Briefings; numerous reports on COVID-19 are to be found there.

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Christmas Stories

Here you will find a collection of hundreds of volumes of stories pertaining to Christmas, some as far back as the 1840s.

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Jersey City Ranks #3 Among Cities That Best Integrate Immigrants

The 2019 New American Economy Cities Index examines how cities integrate immigrants into their communities; it utilizes various evaluative metrics to highlight policies and socioeconomic outcomes for this group. Overall, Jersey City ranks #3 out of the 100 cities highlighted; Newark comes in at #8.

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How Current Immigration Policies are Affecting Higher Education

This interview with Montclair State University’s director of international employment and immigration details some of the obstacles now facing both international students and faculty as they try to negotiate the labyrinth of more restrictive immigration rules. This situation is further examined in this piece – Visa rules are restricting the future of international students in the US; data from the 2018 Open Doors report from the IIE reinforce the above reports highlighting how enrollment for international students in this country is slowing down a great deal and the main culprit is the difficulty in securing visas.

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Heads of State and Their Cabinets

Who is president of Norway? Who is the minister for environment, water, and agriculture in Saudi Arabia? The CIA has compiled listings for all governments, some of them not recognized by the United States, showing the heads of state and their various cabinet ministers. The listings are updated, some as recent as this past month.

Compare the above to the United Nations’ Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers for Foreign Affairs or World Statesmen.

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New Jersey Laws Effective January 1, 2019

From smoking bans on beaches to new taxes on ride-hailing services, here is a list of 18 new laws for New Jersey. For a national sampling of laws going into effect in other states, please direct yourself to this MarketWatch site.

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Cryptocurrency Regulations

Of late, cryptocurrency has been a topic that one cannot avoid. The Law Library of Congress has issued a survey of how various countries oversee this exchange medium. A brief overview with links to enabling legislation and commentaries are provided for each entry; more detailed examinations of selected countries are found at its Regulation of Cryptocurrency in Selected Jurisdictions.

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National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering – all are among the most prestigious STEM organizations in the world and as such produces highly regarded monographs, reports, briefings, and consensus documents on a whole host of topics from agriculture to national security. Well over 9,000 volumes are freely available online, sorted into specific topic areas. If one listens to the news, one will inevitably hear about a report issued by the NAP; the latest one to inform the general public dealt with The Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. One can always look at the latest releases section to see what new reports have been generated; more than 200 are published every year. And you can stay in touch with the NAP via various media platforms as well

 

 

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Mueller Grand Jury Indicts Russian Nationals

The indictment details their interference with the U.S. political system dating back to 2014 and explicitly states that they did indeed support then candidate Trump while issuing disparagements about candidate Clinton.(see page 4)

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A Recent Interview With Congressman Frank J Guarini

This interview appeared in the online edition of The Jersey Journal, November 20, 2017. NJCU’s library is named after him because of his very generous donation to the University.

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Books/Reports on Disaster Management

Recent events have certainly focused our attention on disasters and how we respond to them. To help provide guidance, the National Academies of Science have issued a topical list of freely accessible publications entitled Emergency Preparedness / Disaster Management Collection. Ranging from workshop reports on public health research during disasters to toolkits for crisis care standards, these timely documents will inform all first responders and other engaged populations of the necessary procedures to effectuate optimal measures in the provision of needed services.

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NJCU Named Among the “Best Bang for the Buck” Colleges in the Northeast

NJCU secures a ranking in this survey that highlights “…our [Washington Monthly] exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

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Financial Times’ List of Best MBA Programs in the World

Come here to find the list. You can sort by multiple criteria, and each institution has a brief profile along with a diversity report.

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The 25th Amendment

Among options being mentioned for removing President Trump are impeachment and the 25th Amendment that deals with presidential succession. This provides for various scenarios in which the president declares himself unfit for duty or the vice president, in consultation with others, can replace the president. A brief overview is provided here. For those interested in the legislative history of this amendment: congressional hearings, its use during Watergate, and additional efforts to cement in place this transitional piece, please use this site.

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2017 New Jersey Memorial Day Events

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Japanese Internment Camp Newspapers

Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942 to 1946 contains thousands of pages of locally printed newspapers from a variety of internment camps. For example, you can read about the establishment of schools from the June 2, 1942 issue of the Manzanar Free Press or the recruiting efforts for combat volunteers found in various publications. There are multiple ways of searching this unique collection, and it reminds us of what prejudice and fear can do to a country and its peoples.

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Racial Disparities in Health Decline But Are Still Significant

The latest “early release” MMWR report from the CDC – Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015 – shows that “Although the overall life expectancy at birth has increased for both blacks and whites and the gap between these populations has narrowed, disparities in life expectancy and the leading causes of death for blacks compared with whites in the United States remain substantial.” (Abstract) The report presents data and tables buttressing its argument that more needs to be done. Infographics and additional pertinent links are also available.

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Sears Filing Document Expressing Doubt About Its Future

And we quote: “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. We believe that the actions discussed above are probable of occurring and mitigating the substantial doubt raised by our historical operating results and satisfying our estimated liquidity needs 12 months from the issuance of the financial statements. However, we cannot predict, with certainty, the outcome of our actions to generate liquidity, including the availability of additional debt financing, or whether such actions would generate the expected liquidity as currently planned.”(48)  Here is the entire report as filed with the SEC.

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